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February 1, 2005 | By Emilie Lounsberry and John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A federal jury signaled a deadlock yesterday on a remaining count in the trial of a Philadelphia investment banker accused of lying to the FBI, but then resumed deliberations and will return this morning for another effort to reach a verdict. "It appears that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict on Count One," the jury foreman wrote in a note before 3 p.m. to U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson. "Certain positions will not change based on the evidence presented. " Baylson asked the jury to try again "for some period of time" to reach a verdict in the case against Denis J. Carlson, who is accused of lying to FBI agents when they questioned him in the wide-ranging investigation into corruption in Philadelphia government.
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November 14, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The jury in the insurance-fraud trial of boxing promoter Don King began deliberations yesterday in New York after lawyers finished closing arguments. U.S. District Judge Lawrence McKenna instructed the jury on the law, then the jurors deliberated about an hour before going home. Earlier, the judge took the unusual step of letting the defense provide a 15-minute response to the government's rebuttal. The prosecutor was then allowed another five minutes. The additional arguments were permitted by McKenna because jurors were returning from a three-day holiday weekend, and the judge feared they were too far removed from last week's arguments to allow only a prosecutor to speak.
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March 15, 2009 | By Emilie Lounsberry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Defense lawyers for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo moved late today for an immediate halt in jury deliberations and the removal of one juror, contending that the juror posted oblique remarks on Facebook.com and Twitter.com - including one declaring, "Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday everyone!" The petition, filed on the eve of the scheduled sixth day of deliberations in Fumo's federal corruption trial, stated that there was "substantial evidence" that the juror, who was not identified, had violated admonitions not to disclose the status of deliberations.
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June 21, 1986 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
A Montgomery County jury recessed last night after 10 1/2 hours of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the trial of two West Philadelphia men charged in the New Year's Day slaying of Dr. Michael Groll, the Abington fertility specialist. Deliberations were scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. today. The 12 jurors ended the second day of deliberations at 11 last night, and Judge Joseph H. Stanziani said they could resume their work Monday. But jury foreman Gerald Dotterer told the judge that while his fellow jurors were "mentally exhausted" they wanted to return to deliberations today in an effort to reach a verdict.
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February 21, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The federal jury considering the fraud and tax charges against T. Milton Street Sr. today begins its second full day of deliberations. The 12 jurors have spent a total of eight hours in deliberations since late Tuesday afternoon, when they began weighing the evidence against Street and codefendant John H. Velardi Sr. The 2006 indictment alleges that Street, 68, of Moorestown, a well-known food vendor and former Pennsylvania state legislator, failed...
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December 3, 1992 | By Gary Cohn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A U.S. District Court jury is scheduled to begin deliberations this morning in the racketeering and extortion trial of lawyer Robert F. Simone. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge James T. Giles instructed the jury on the law governing the charges contained in the federal indictment. Simone, who has represented mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo for more than a decade, is charged with two counts of violating the broad racketeering statute, two counts of extortion and two counts of collection of credit through extortion.
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April 12, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
Here in Philadelphia, our dearly departed rise from the dead to cast ballots in every election - that is, if they can get past the Black Panthers at the polling places. That's our rep with some right-wing conspiracy theorists outside of Philly. And, let's face it: Many of us joke about our city's history of corruption. (See the first paragraph of this column.) Why wouldn't an outsider think it's true? The truth, however, is usually more complicated. Consider the suit filed last week against the City Commissioners by the Alexandria, Va.-based American Civil Rights Union.
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April 10, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury will resume deliberations Monday in the trial of two former city police officers accused of beating and falsely prosecuting a Fairhill man who they say fled on his motor scooter after a traffic stop and then resisted arrest. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women worked about two hours Friday before breaking for the weekend in the trial of Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson in the 2013 arrest and prosecution of Najee Rivera. But the jury's departure did not come before a courtroom controversy over an "ASP" (a collapsible baton carried by officers)
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April 9, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury will continue deliberating Friday in the trial of a former Philadelphia police officer accused of hurling racial epithets and threatening to kill an African American man during a predawn traffic mishap in South Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men - including three African Americans - reviewed the evidence for about three hours Thursday before breaking in the trial of Edward Sawicki III. Sawicki, 36, a police officer for almost nine years, the son of a city police officer and nephew of another, is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and a weapons count, in an Oct. 20, 2013, altercation with Lamar Fouse, 39. The incident happened about 2:45 a.m. at Ninth and Wharton Streets, one of South Philly's iconic intersections, the site of Geno's and Pat's cheesesteak shops.
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April 9, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Two former Philadelphia police officers told a city jury Thursday that they used only the force needed to subdue and handcuff a struggling Fairhill man who eluded them on a scooter after a traffic stop and then drove the wrong way on Lehigh Avenue. The testimony by Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson closed two days of testimony in their Common Pleas Court criminal trial involving the 2013 arrest and prosecution of 23-year-old Najee Rivera. On Friday, the jury of seven men and five women will hear closing arguments by McKnight's attorney Brian J. McMonagle; Robinson's attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr.; and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The Delaware County native who was killed Sunday afternoon in Maryland while on duty as an undercover police officer was "deliberately" shot by a fellow officer who did not recognize him and who viewed him as an armed threat, the department's chief said Wednesday. However, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said he did not believe the officer acted with "any malice" when he discharged his gun at Jacai Colson, a narcotics officer who was in plain clothes. At a news conference in Maryland, Stawinski declined to release other details, saying he had not yet taken statements from all of the officers involved.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury ended a first day of deliberations Tuesday without a verdict in the case of John Hart, the Delaware County man charged with stalking CBS3 news anchor Erika von Tiehl in 2011 after she ended their brief relationship. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women worked about four hours after getting instructed in the law by Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright. The jurors return Thursday after breaking for the Veterans Day holiday. Hart, 39, of Havertown, is charged with stalking, identity theft, possession of instruments of crime - his cellphone and two computers - and two counts of using computers to disrupt communications services.
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November 6, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whichever way federal jurors are leaning as they weigh the fate of Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., it may be his own words that push them over the edge. Twice Wednesday - the first full day of deliberations in his bank- and tax-fraud trial - the panel of eight men and four women asked to review evidence featuring Fattah describing to others his problems with debt and his work at a for-profit education firm. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III sent them a transcript of a 2008 deposition Fattah gave in a lawsuit by Sun National Bank.
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November 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FEDERAL prosecutors pounded over and over to a jury yesterday that Chaka Fattah Jr. lied to get business bank loans, misspent money on designer suits and ties, filed false or no income-tax returns and bilked the Philadelphia School District out of money for kids in need. "This case is about lying, stealing and cheating," prosecutor Eric Gibson, a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, told jurors in his closing argument at Fattah's fraud trial. "Boxes of brochures, Armani suits . . . doesn't make anyone more of a businessman than sitting on a couch eating Fiesta Pizza and watching 'Law & Order' makes somebody a lawyer," Gibson said.
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October 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two images emerged Friday of Griffin Campbell: greedy demolition contractor willing to sacrifice public safety to maximize the salvage value of the four-story building that flattened an adjacent Salvation Army store, or scapegoat taking the full weight of the tragedy that killed six people and injured 13. In his closing before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury, defense lawyer William D. Hobson described Campbell as a simple North Philadelphia working...
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